Tuesday, August 27, 2013

One Blogger Finds The US Government Is One-Fifth As Productive As The Private Sector

From Political Calculations Blog, "The Relative Productivity of Private vs Public Sector Employees:"
But we wondered how does the productivity of federal civilian employees compare with that of employees in the private sector?
This summer, as part of the cost-cutting measures related to the budget sequester required by the Budget Control Act of 2011, President Obama acted to discontinue the operations of the Department of Labor's International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program, which converts the economic statistics produced by other nations' governments to adhere to U.S. standards and definitions, which allows for direct apples-to-apples comparisons to be made between the nations' economic data.
On 27 June 2013, the non-profit Conference Board announced that it would take over reporting the international labor comparisons.
As best as we can tell from its job postings since its announcement, the private sector Conference Board will hire at least two and possibly three people to do the work that would appear to have required 16 dedicated bureaucrats when the same work was done by the U.S. federal government.
That would mean that the federal government employees who were previously doing the work would appear to be less than one-fifth as productive as their private sector peers in working to produce the same output.

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